One Day’s Wages

The average work year for the full-time employed is about 240 days per year. What if it was 239? Would that truly be a lot of skin off your nose, or mine?

One Day’s Wages is a grassroots program aimed at ending global poverty. We are faced with grim statistics such as:

  • 25,000 children under the age of 5 die each day due to poverty-related causes.
  • Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation cause 80% of all sickness and disease, and kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Nearly 900 million people do not have access to clean water.
  • Nearly a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names.

The only appropriate response is to take action. ODW is simply an engine to get your donation directly, and 100%, donated to the causes that matter to you. The website has a wage calculator so you can figure out what one day’s worth is for you, and then avenues by which you can donate to existing charities already fighting the good fight.

Consider the impact of your one day’s wages, which is equivalent to about 0.4% of your annual salary.

  • $20 can provide clean water for one person for 20 years.
  • $10 can purchase a bed net to help prevent malaria.
  • $45 can pay annual school tuition for one child.
  • $100 can provide a woman with a sewing machine and job training.

It’s a few less lattes, or bottles of wine, or meals at a restaurant that you regret afterward anyway. One day’s worth…

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